By Nigel Wynn
British-based Team Sky has moved up to second spot in the latest edition of the Union Cycliste Internationale's WorldTour ranking, published on Monday.
The revised ranking takes into account points accrued from the inaugural Tour of Beijing, which finished on Sunday. Sky completed the race with Chris Froome in third and Steve Cummings in fourth overall enabling them to leapfrog Leopard-Trek in the ranking.
Tour of Beijing overall winner Tony Martin (HTC-Highroad) is the biggest mover in the individual ranking, leaping up from 13th to sixth. The German had already amassed points from winning Paris-Nice and stage wins in the Tour de France, Vuelta a Espana and Criterium du Dauphine.
Froome has benefitted from his third place in Beijing, moving up to 14th in the ranking with his points from finishing second overall and winning a stage in the 2011 Vuelta a Espana. Beijing runner-up David Millar (Garmin-Cervelo) slots into 22nd in the ranking.
Belgian Philippe Gilbert (Omega Pharma-Lotto) now looks to have the 2011 WorldTour sewn up having won a string of races throughout the season including Grand Prix Cycliste de Quebec, Amstel Gold Race, Fleche Wallonne, Liege-Bastogne-Liege and Clasica San Sebastian.
Top-placed British rider is Bradley Wiggins (Sky) in eighth spot after winning the Criterium du Dauphine and placing third overall in the Vuelta a Espana and Paris-Nice.
British riders' results from the Tour of Beijing has cemented the country's fifth place in the ranking-by-nation, sitting behind leaders Spain, Belgium, Italy and Australia. Last year Britain finished 16th nation.
One WorldTour event remains on the 2011 calendar - the Tour of Lombardy on Saturday, October 15.
The UCI's WorldTour Ranking is compiled using a points system, with points awarded for one-day race, tour stage and stage race overall finishing positions for events in the UCI's WorldTour.
The amount of points awarded depends on the ranking of the event. For example, winning the Tour de France overall gives a rider twice as many points as winning the Eneco Tour overall.
UCI WorldTour individual ranking: October 10
1. Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto 698 points
2. Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing 574 points
3. Alberto Contador (Spa) Saxo Bank-Sungard 471 points
4. Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Katusha 366 points
5. Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre-ISD 357 points
6. Tony Martin (Ger) HTC-Highroad 349 points
7. Samuel Sanchez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 307 points
8. Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky 289 points
9. Frank Schleck (Lux) Leopard-Trek 284 points
10. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 272 points
Ranking by nation
1. Spain 1357 points
2. Belgium 1164 points
3. Italy 1112 points
4. Australia 1082 points
5. Great Britain 947 points
Ranking by team
1. Omega Pharma-Lotto 1079 points
2. Sky 1059 points
3. Leopard-Trek 1018 points
4. HTC-Highroad 886 points
5. BMC Racing Team 877 points
September 12: Wiggins up to seventh in WorldTour ranking after Vuelta
August 8: Britain up to seventh in UCI World Ranking
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